Grass roots approach to boost village life

Lennoxtown Main Street
Lennoxtown Main Street

Improving community safety is one of the main aims of a project to overhall public services in an East Dunbartonshire village.

Lennoxtown is set to benefit from a new approach designed to prioritise public services that respond to the specific needs and ambitions of the local community.

It’s previously been successfully used in the Hillhead area of Kirkintilloch.

The ‘grass roots’ approach involves all public bodies who are part of East Dunbartonshire’s Community Planning Partnership - including police and health workers - and aims to better co-ordinate their services to achieve a better outcome for the area.

Work has been on-going in the area since September to identify the local priorities, with a series of consultations with community group representatives, parents, Campsie Community Council, young people and youth workers.

The four priorities which have been identified are co-ordinated Early Years facilities, improved community safety with a dedicated police officer, a general review of local services, and the provision of outreach services including Employability Services, Citizens Advice Bureau and Job Centre Plus.

An action plan for the area will now be drawn up.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader, Rhondda Geekie, said: “The aim of this approach is to put in place effective and sustainable regeneration measures to improve the quality of life, sense of belonging and employment potential for local people.”

She added: “Every community is different with different needs and will achieve this outcome in different ways.”